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WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?
Biodynamics is a form of organic agriculture prescribed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s.
Many of the practices he outlined are the same or very close to standard organic methods. Where biodynamics differs is in the requirement to use nine preparations (numbered 500-508) that practitioners believe improve soils and crop quality.
Preparation 500 is the most common, a mix of cow manure packed into a cow's horn, then buried in a rich biodynamic topsoil for 4-6 months. Once dug up, it's rhythmically stirred in clean water, and sprayed over the soil.
Biodynamic practitioners also believe the rhythms of the sun, moon, and stars affect plant growth.
In NZ, the Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association runs Demeter, a recognised worldwide organic certification system. www.biodynamic.org.nz